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Libyan general in east rejects UN-backed government

Rami Musa and Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 12:30am

A powerful Libyan general whose forces recently captured several key oil facilities has rejected a U.N.-brokered government and said the country would be better served by a leader with "high-level military experience."

Connecticut's 1st Mormon temple to serve growing church

Emily Judd, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 11:14pm

The first Mormon temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and will soon host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area.

Senators press FBI director on response to terrorism threat

Matthew Daly and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 4:49pm

Republican senators pressed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday about whether anything more could have been done to prevent recent acts of extremist violence, including the Orlando nightclub massacre and the Manhattan bombing this month. Comey said the FBI admits mistakes when it makes them, but he did not agree that anything should have been done differently or that any red flags were missed.

Catholic charity to sell Pope Francis' cars used in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 10:31am

Three identical cars that Pope Francis used during his July visit to Poland are being auctioned online by a Catholic Church charity to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need.

Central Europe sees anti-immigration fervor, no migrants

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 7:52am

Together, Hungary and the Czech Republic took in just around 1,000 asylum-seekers last year. Still, rallying cries against migration have dominated the debates ahead of upcoming ballots in the two Central European countries.

Chicago-based religious order sued for docs on allegations

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:51pm

A 51-year-old Colorado man who says he was sexually abused when he was around 7 years old by a teenager who later became a prominent Roman Catholic priest — one known for his work with at-risk kids — on Monday sued the Chicago-based religious order to which the priest belongs, seeking the release of all records related to allegations of abuse by any of its priests.

Hundreds of jurors report to court in church massacre trial

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:41pm

Dylann Roof, the man charged with massacring nine black parishioners at a Charleston church, mostly avoided eye contact Monday with the potential jurors who could give him a death sentence if they convict him of federal charges.

Catholic Church alleges smear campaign against slain priests

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:21pm

Mexico's Roman Catholic Church on Monday harshly criticized what it called a campaign to smear three priests murdered in less than a week by suggesting the victims had been involved in questionable behavior.

Minister: Extremism 'exported' to Kosovo from other regions

Alina Heineke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:33pm

Kosovo's foreign minister said Monday that other nations have exported violent extremism to his country, which has seen a greater percentage of its citizens fight for the Islamic State group than any other nation in Europe.

Bomb case is latest hardship for NJ's large Muslim community

Deepti Hajela and Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:42am

At the Islamic Center of Passaic County, which draws about 2,000 people each Friday for communal prayers, the talk is about how this year is different.

Pope meets Congo's Kabila, but Vatican displeasure evident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 6:50am

Pope Francis has met with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, with the Vatican insisting that Congo's government use respectful dialogue to end violent clashes with opposition forces over delayed elections.

Priest reported kidnapped found slain in western Mexico

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:43pm

A missing Mexican priest was found shot dead off the side of a highway in western Mexico days after he was kidnapped from his parish residence, state prosecutors said Sunday. He was the third Roman Catholic priest to be slain in Mexico in the last week.

Bosnian Serbs vote in referendum banned by top court

Radul Radovanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 2:41pm

Bosnian Serbs on Sunday voted in a referendum banned by the country's constitutional court, risking Western sanctions against their autonomous region and criminal charges against their leaders.

Lengthy jury selection in Charleston church shootings begins

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:23am

The laborious process of jury selection is getting underway in the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the deaths of nine black parishioners gunned down during a Bible study at a Charleston church.

In battle for Iraq's Mosul, many forces with many motives

Susannah George and Lee Keath, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:50am

An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group.

Turkey issues warrants for 121 people linked to Gulen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:00am

Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 121 people as part of an ongoing investigation into the July 15 failed coup.

Music director at Catholic church fired for gay marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:01pm

A music director at a Catholic church in Rhode Island says he has been fired because he married a man.

Hospital sued over firing of employees who refused flu shots

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:21pm

Federal authorities are suing a Pennsylvania hospital, alleging religious discrimination in the firing of six employees who refused to get flu shots.

The Latest: 320 potential jurors report in church slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:31pm

The Latest on the start of jury selection in the federal trial of Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shootings. (all times local):

Martin Bashir returning to BBC as religion correspondent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:21am

The BBC says journalist Martin Bashir is rejoining the broadcaster as religion correspondent after many years in the United States.